Manders in limbo after City call it quits
Bermuda midfielder Taurean Manders is in the hunt for a new club following Capital City FC’s withdrawal from the Canadian Soccer League (CSL).
Manders, 25, was a virtual ever-present for City in their inaugural season that saw them reach the CSL championship final, losing 1-0 to Toronto Croatia.
But, despite their successful debut campaign, the club’s hierarchy have decided to take a season’s hiatus due to concerns about the league’s long-term vision.
It leaves Manders, who had hoped to pen a one-year extension with City, without a side for the coming campaign although he said there has been interest in him from other CSL outfits.
“(City’s withdrawal from the league) is a bit disappointing, especially since it was pretty close to the season,” said Manders, “but things happen for a reason.
“I’m currently looking for a new club and have a couple of teams also from the CSL who I will be talking to, so hopefully something comes out of it.”
The former North Village man hasn’t ruled out playing for Bermuda Hogges in the Premier Development League (PDL) this summer if he doesn’t secure a move to a new Canadian club. Manders previously spent several season playing for Bradenton Academics in the PDL.
“I haven’t thought of the Hogges to be honest. But if nothing pans out then I don’t see why not, if it’s an option. I will cross that bridge if we come to it,” said Manders, who was a regular in Bermuda’s World Cup qualifying campaign late last year.
City president Neil Malhotra said he would take 2012 to assess future options for the club.
“I have a great deal of pride in what Capital City was able to accomplish on and off the field in 2011 and I don’t want to see that end,” he said. “However, we are not convinced we can accomplish all of our goals in the Canadian Soccer League at this time.
“Capital City FC wishes to thank all of its corporate partners, technical staff, volunteers, players and most importantly, supporters for all of their continued support as Capital City looks to the future.
City’s head coach, Shaun Harris, said last’s season’s achievements would live long in the memory.
“The overall success of the season and the opportunity to bring a group of players together, to see them grow and progress as professionals on and off the pitch and within the community while having consistent success over the course of an entire season as a team was something not to be forgotten,” he said.